Following weeks of planning and anticipation, finally the day had come that our friends ‘Dutchbugs’ would going to pick up their pristine Porsche 918 Spyder from the Porsche factory in Leipzig. After a few delays in the production process, March 2nd was declared the day that they would receive the keys to their Porsche 918 Spyder.
A short introduction for some of you who don’t know ‘Dutchbugs’. Dutchbugs are Dutch carlovers with a great passion for Bugatti. They recently joined the GTspirit Owners Club. Their garage contains not one, not two, but three Bugatti Veyrons. They share their passion for cars, especially Bugatti’s, with the world via their instagram page @Dutchbugs.
Picking up your brand-new Porsche 918 Spyder is a great experience in itself. However, Dutchbugs decided to make it even more special by picking up the Porsche 918 Spyder in style, driving their three Veyrons to Leipzig to welcome their latest hypercar to the collection. The best part was that we were invited to join them on this once in a life time experience. As you can imagine, we were very excited!
On Sunday 1st of March at around 11am we were all set and the journey towards Leipzig was ready to begin. The distance to Leipzig was around 650 km and after a slow cruise through Holland, the routw would take us through Germany on the legendary unlimited autobahn. The weather was great and there was little traffic on the road. During one of the three fuel and coffee stops we met a Volkswagen XL1 owner, a car that indicates the incredible range of vehicles currently offered by the Volkswagen Group.
After an incredible day on the road we arrived at the hotel in Leipzig. The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse WRC set the top speed record of the day reaching a top speed of 345 km/h. After dinner and a bit of relaxing we went to bed early as we were expected at the Porsche factory at 8:30 am the next morning.
We punctually reached the Porsche factory in Leipzig and after a warm welcome we were invited to go to a private room where the Porsche 918 Spyder would be unveiled. As if one Porsche 918 Spyder was not good enough, Dutchbugs brought along a couple of friends who were also taking delivery of their own Porsche 918 Spyder’s. In the room there were two cars covered and waiting for us. It was a great moment when the covers were thrown off and we all stood there silently for a moment taking in the majestic sight. Both 918s were specced with the special liquid metal silver color, which looks really stunning on the shapes and curves of the hybrid hypercar.
After admiring the cars and receiving a briefing about their deeper mechanical features, it was time to take the 918 on the track. The Porsche center in Leipzig has a great test track which combines famous corners from circuits across the globe. For instance the famous carousel from the Nordschleife and the corkscrew from Laguna Seca. After a few laps in Cayennes, 991 GT3s and a 991 Turbo S the 918 Spyder was ready to hit the track.
After some proper fun on track we decided to get all the cars together for some extraordinary photos. We figured 3 Bugattis and 2 Porsche 918s would make for a great shoot. Porsche had a 918 Spyder demo car available as well which brought the total to 6 very special machines. The scene we created is a moment we will never forget.
Tuesday morning we all packed the cars again for the journey home. The trip back home was promising to be even more spectacular than the trip to Leipzig. Five hypercars would make their way back to the Netherlands. We had some fears concerning the weather since we had seen snow the night before, but when we woke up the sun was with us again.
The attention the cars received was nothing short of amazing. Almost every person was looking at us and grabbing their phones or cameras to get a quick shot of the spectacle. Car spotters were waiting at petrol stations and overpasses to get a glimpse of the cars.
We had more traffic and some rain on the way back so we weren’t able to get to the same speeds as on the way towards Leipzig. The top speeds was set at 324 km/h by the red Bugatti Veyron. Before we knew it we were back home and the trip came to an end. With the cars tucked in the garage it was time to say goodbye.
Special thanks to @Dutchbugs for the invitation and the continued support to GTspirit! This adventure is something that will remain in our memories for decades to come. We wish you and the new car all the best and hope to see you again soon!
For more on the Porsche 918 Spyder be sure to check out our Porsche 918 Spyder Review